Do you or your family members fear the dentist? Well, worry no more. At Columbia Dental Health Clinic, we offer patients the option to undergo sedation dentistry to create a peaceful and welcoming environment.
While our Columbia, SC, dental team goes out of the way to make you feel at home in our office, we understand that some patients have deep-seated fears and anxieties about visiting the dentist. For patients who are nervous about seeing the dentist, sedation dentistry may be a good option. Other patients who may benefit from sedation dentistry include those who have sensitive gag reflexes, sensitive teeth, and those who find it difficult to stay sitting still throughout dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry, also called sleep dentistry, allows patients with fears and anxieties to have a calm dental experience. There are different types of sedation dentistry to provide pain-free, tranquil dental experiences.
Administered by mouth, mild sedation allows you to remain awake throughout the procedure. Mild sedatives include pills taken orally and laughing gas and will help you feel at peace throughout any dental procedure.
Laughing gas is administered using a face mask that you breathe from before and during your treatment. Laughing gas will wear off within minutes, thus making it an ideal sedative for patients who must return to their daily tasks after going to the dentist.
For more complex procedures, our Columbia Dental Health Clinic dentist may recommend a moderate sedative. Because moderate and deep sedation is heavier and may cause drowsiness, it is highly suggested that you have someone else drive you from the office. Patients who opt for deep sedation will be floating in and out of consciousness as the sedatives are administered through an IV. Many of our patients who undergo deep sedation have little recollection of their dental procedures.
If dental anxiety is keeping you from seeing your dentist and receiving proper dental care, speak with the team at Columbia Dental Health Clinic. Our goal is to provide you with a comfortable and calm experience every time you walk into our Columbia, SC, office.